Game in review

March 30, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 8-2 victory over a Montreal Expos split squad in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

UP -- Brady Anderson: Another start in center. Club keeping its fingers crossed.

UP -- Albert Belle: Reaches base four times, swipes two of them.

UP -- Bullpen: Three relievers, three scoreless innings.

UP -- Harold Baines: His average is up to .390. Opening Day can't come soon enough.

DOWN -- Cal Ripken: His 0-for-3 included double-play grounder with bases loaded and none out.

UP -- Mike Bordick: Gets two hits from the nine hole.

The bats

Another double-figure day in hits. The Orioles had 12 of them, including three by Baines and two each by Belle and Bordick. Belle and Baines had run-scoring singles in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. A bases-loaded walk to Delino DeShields and sacrifice fly by B. J. Surhoff in the second made it 4-1. Baines singled in another run in the fourth. Will Clark went 0-for-2 but drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third. Jeff Conine took advantage of one at-bat, stroking a run-scoring single in the sixth.

The arms

Mike Mussina was a little out of sync, but found his way through it. He went six innings, allowing two runs and nine hits. Tim Worrell, Buddy Groom and Chuck McElroy each tossed a scoreless inning. Only Groom allowed a hit.

The rest

Belle stole two bases and made a sliding catch in right-center field. Bench coach Jeff Newman coached third base yesterday because Sam Perlozzo had some stiffness in his back. Baines tagged up at second and barely beat the throw to third on a fly ball to right field by Ripken in the third inning. He then scored on Clark's fly to center. The Orioles turned three double plays.

Quote of the day

"Do I think [Mussina's] going to be ready for the opener? It doesn't matter whether I do or not. He's set for it." -- manager Mike Hargrove, chuckling at the state of his rotation with Scott Erickson rehabbing his elbow and Jason Johnson demoted.

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